Join ethnobiologist and functional herbalist Hayden Stebbins for a walk through forest and field at Shelterbelt Farm and Food Forest Farm Nursery to see the world in a way you’ve never seen before. During this walk, Hayden will teach you about common introduced and native plants, how to identify them by family, and their edible, medicinal, or poisonous properties. Together we will harvest edible plants as we go and bring them to the kitchen where we will all prepare a multi-course vegan meal combining the harvest with other local foods. This will include a wild plant pesto, hummus, a couple teas and an extra dish depending on what plants and mushrooms are found. EVENT HAS PASSED
Carbon Farm Learning Lab
Food Forest Farm advocates carbon farming as one solution to the climate emergency. We share knowledge, research, grow, distribute, and install plants that are part of the solution.
Find upcoming Carbon Farming events on this page.
Carbon farming includes a variety of agricultural methods aimed at sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil. Increasing the carbon content of soil can aid plant growth, increase soil organic matter, improve soil water retention capacity, and reduce fertilizer.
Many indigenous and agro-ecology growing practices would be considered “carbon farming” as these practices incorporate perennial plants, and diverse, multi-functional groupings of plants that mimic natural systems. Another term people use is Regenerative Organic Farming.
Some of the farming practices we encourage and use ourselves include, organic cover cropping, silvopasture, forest farming, no-till mulch, riparian buffers, shelterbelts, and other perennial cropping systems. We recommend good planning and design before any of these practices or methods are incorporated into the landscape.
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, (FLPCI) is hosting its 5th Annual Permaculture Weekend. Jonathan Bates of Food Forest Farm has converted an unused, unheated, high tunnel greenhouse into a thriving agro-ecosystem. An abundance of food comes from a polyculture system that includes plants adapted to the Mediterranean like environment within the greenhouse, including figs, grapes, perennial kale, garlic, strawberries, and many other plants. EVENT HAS PASSED